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Dig Deep: Sport, Faith, Life is the official podcast of the 2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity, which is set to take place in October 2019. The conference, an ecumenical gathering of sport administrators, coaches, athletes, pastors and theologians, seeks not only to explore the mutual imp…

Dr. Brian Bolt & Dr. Chad Carlson


    • Nov 16, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    Tis the Season..for the World Cup!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 37:15


    A couple of Americans talk futbol!  Chad and Brian have a conversation about the 2022 Men's Fifa World Cup. We discuss the non-traditional location and time of year, and how build up to the World Cup is paralleling the Christian Advent season.

    Aim High

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 31:17


    Dontavious Hill tried the high jump in 9th grade, jumping just 4'8”. But just a few years later, while still in high school, Dontavious cleared the magical height of 7 feet, prompting a D1 college scholarship and a path toward elite international competition. Dontavious is a three-time All-American in the high jump at Auburn University […]

    Counseling for Athletes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 36:50


    Brooke Ewart is a clinical counselor for athletes and founder of Rocky Mountain Sports Counseling Center. The center offers support for athletes as they work through a mental health crisis, injury, retirement, and other moments of stress and pain. Brooke and her team walk through the tough stuff with athletes, listing to the Holy Spirit, […]

    Fulfilling the Dream

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 32:41


    There's nothing more inspiring than a great story, and Wayman Britt has one. From tobacco road North Carolina to Flint Michigan, Wayman cultivated his basketball skills through hard work, the influence of wonderful mentors, and an unwavering trust in God. Wayman landed at the University of Michigan where he helped lead his team to the […]

    Redefining Victory

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 36:18


    The book of Revelations depicts Jesus as a conquering lion, but far more often as a slaughtered lamb. Does this imagery cause us to think differently about what it means to conquer?  New testament scholar Brian Gamel thinks so, and he shares how he believes the slaughtered lamb of Revelations changes the way we view […]

    Is Sport a Laboratory for Virtue?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 44:13


    Keynote Speaker for the 3rd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity Elizabeth Bounds has pondered the question about sport and virtue her whole life. Elizabeth was a standout two sport athlete in soccer and basketball at Hope College, then got M.DIV degree from Truett Seminary, and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Baylor University's  Department […]

    Coaching Wisely

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 37:52


    In a sports world that shouts Look at Me, Professor Hal Wilson leads with humility. With over 20 years of coaching experience all levels below the NBA, Coach Wilson does have something to brag about. But instead, he mentors coaches to be humble and to keep learning. Though he teaches at a public university, Coach […]

    What About Bob(s)?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 35:26


    Bob Dyer and Bob Schindler have formed an amazing partnership. Both are men of God who love people and know how to use the universal language of sport to point people to Jesus and toward engagement with their local churches.  We talk with both Bobs about CEDE Sports, a sports chaplaincy organization and network now […]

    Facing the Issues

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 41:53


    The 3rd Global Congress on Christianity and Sport is set for August 18-21, 2022 in Cambridge, UK. SportFaithLife will interview all of the scheduled keynote speakers.  Today's episode features Dr. Steven Waller, professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

    On the 8th Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 36:55


    As a boy, professor and author Matt Hoven attended an Edmonton Oilers hockey game and saw a sign that read, On the 8th day, God created Gretzky. This memory prompted Matt and his two colleagues to write a book on a Catholic theology of sport, aptly titled, On the 8th Day. The book explores unique […]

    Training the Body in Faith and Sport

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 54:06


    Training the body is and essential part of both sport and of faith, seeking a harmonious balance between body, mind, and spirit. We explore this concept with David Torevell, Associate Professor in Theology and Education at Liverpool Hope University in the UK. Dr. Torevell is an editor and author for new book on sport and […]

    I’ll Be Back

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 36:51


    You may remember the film Terminator about a machine built to look like a human with superhuman capabilities. It may have been futuristic, but human enhancement technologies like biohacking and artificial intelligence are playing an increased role in life and sport, raising many ethical and spiritual questions. We explore this fascinating topic with ethicist Dr. Tracy […]

    Vulnerability in Sport

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 34:04


    It's a regular practice to highlight and celebrate strength in sports, but could we be missing something? Perhaps, says Kristin Graff-Kallevåg, an associate professor at the Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, where among other things, she studies intersections between vulnerability, faith, and sport, suggesting we may actually find strength in being vulnerable in […]

    Glorifying God from the Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 42:26


    After getting cut from every team early in high school, Brian Smith found his sport in track and cross-country and became a successful student athlete at Wake Forest University.  Soon after, he joined the staff at Athletes in Action where has been for the past fifteen years.  A few years ago Brian authored The Assist, […]

    Sugar is Sweet

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 35:08


    Melvin ‘Sugar' Mcaughin earned his nickname by being one best long-range shooters the game of basketball has ever seen, with a silky sweet shot, long before the invention of the three-pointer.  Author Vern Wendt tells his story in a new book titled Sweet Shot: The Basketball Life and Legacy of Melvin ‘Sugar' Mcaughin. The The […]

    063 | It’s On!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 19:41


    It's a special day on the SportFaithLife podcast, one with a big announcement!  The Third Global Congress on Sport and Christianity is set for August 18-21 this year in Cambridge England, and Professor Andy Parker joins us to announce the plans to hold the conference in person!  We are so thrilled to partner with Andy […]

    062 | Sport Identity & Jesus

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 34:38


    Rasheed Flowers play two sports at the NCAA Division I level, so it's no surprise that he found his identity in sport and sport performance. But early on, due to his Christian faith and connection with sport ministry organizations like AIA and FCA, Rasheed knew identity in sport was a losing proposition. Now a doctoral […]

    061 | Sport & Christianity Conference in Nigeria

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 22:10


    Dr. Clement Fasan, a sport management teacher, researcher and man of deep faith is convening The Africa Conference on Christianity and Sport at Lagos State University in Nigeria, February 1-5.  We talk with Dr. Fasan about this conference and invite all to join the conference online through the link on the SFL website.

    060 | Would Jesus Play Ice Hockey?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 40:38


    Ever wonder if Jesus played sports?  Well, we do too. In these episodes, Brian and Chad play with the idea of Jesus playing sports.  We picked 6 sports to explore one at time, asking ourselves what about the sport speaks to humanity in unique ways?  What are the goods inherent in the sport? We do […]

    059 | Would Jesus…Powerlift?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 38:51


    Ever wonder if Jesus played sports?  Well, we do too. In these episodes, Brian and Chad play with the idea of Jesus playing sports.  We picked 6 sports to explore one at time, asking ourselves what about the sport speaks to humanity in unique ways?  What are the goods inherent in the sport? We do […]

    058 | Would Jesus Play Basketball?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 36:02


    Ever wonder if Jesus played sports?  Well, we do too. In these episodes, Brian and Chad play with the idea of Jesus playing sports.  We picked 6 sports to explore one at time, asking ourselves what about the sport speaks to humanity in unique ways?  What are the goods inherent in the sport? We do […]

    057 | Would Jesus Play Pickleball?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 46:50


    Ever wonder if Jesus played sports?  Well, we do too. In these episodes, Brian and Chad play with the idea of Jesus playing sports.  We picked 6 sports to explore one at time, asking ourselves what about the sport speaks to humanity in unique ways?  What are the goods inherent in the sport? We do […]

    Would Jesus Run?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 38:31


    Ever wonder if Jesus played sports?  Well, we do too. In these episodes, Brian and Chad play with the idea of Jesus playing sports.  We picked 6 sports to explore one at time, asking ourselves what about the sport speaks to humanity in unique ways?  What are the goods inherent in the sport? We do […]

    Would Jesus Play…Soccer?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 41:58


    Ever wonder if Jesus played sports?  Well, we do too. In these episodes, Brian and Chad play with the idea of Jesus playing sports.  We picked 6 sports to explore one at time, asking ourselves what about the sport speaks to humanity in unique ways?  What are the goods inherent in the sport? We do […]

    054 | True Grit

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 41:44


    Would you like your athletes to be more resilient, on and off the field?  Grit Leadership teachers leaders to communicate in better ways, focusing on process over outcome, and delivering feedback with high expectations, yet in a warm, relationship-focused way. Grit Leadership coach and Christian school athletic director Kevin Broene shares how Grit leadership has […]

    053 | Bicycling in Belgium

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 47:03


    How does a catholic church historian get interested in sport?  Much like many of us Dries Vanysacker grew up riding his bike and playing games with a ball. This boyhood love, together with is academic training as a church historian, has formed a line of work which documents and investigates sport and the catholic church, […]

    052 | Faith and Coping with Injury

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 47:01


    Injuries happen to all of us, sometimes in sports. Sport psychologists like Diane Wiese-Bjornstal have studied the social factors that relate to physical activity injury risk and recovery for years, but now her research is focused on something from her own Christian faith and athletic experience, something called religiosity. Diane shares her in-depth knowledge of […]

    051 | Seize the Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 50:59


    There's nothing quite like living in community. With his wife and children, Will Whitmore lives chaplaincy from sun up to sundown at Mercersburg Academy, a boarding school in Southern Pennsylvania, USA. The immersive experience allows pastor Whitmore to connect with high school age students in all areas of life, including sports. While Will serves as […]

    050 | Sport Symbols of Faith

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 42:45


    Michael Jones felt a nudge from the Holy Spirit. In response, he finished his doctoral degree, kept coaching basketball, and wrote a book.  The book explores the symbolic connection between the sport of basketball and faith. Michael is a practitioner, on the court every day, trying to better understand both his sport and faith, and […]

    049 | A Good Fit

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 38:12


    Chaplaincy has become part of the DNA of UK sports. Chaplains are now part of clubs at every level, for players with all abilities, in every sport. Growing this mission are pastors and chaplaincy experts Warren Evans and Matt Baker who serve as senior leaders for Sports Chaplaincy UK. Together they are expanding the reach […]

    048 | Pray, Play, Say

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 44:41


    A young athlete sat on a bus in England and dared to tell a younger athlete that he followed Jesus, and that made all the difference. That young listener was Graham Daniels, who since has done it all in UK football.  He's played professionally,  been a coach and manager, and was a broadcaster for BBC […]

    047 | The virtue we don’t have time for

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 52:28


    Though most will say that sport builds character, the evidence is far more mixed. Professor Sarah Schnitker of Baylor University studies personality and social psychology, focusing on how things like religion and even sport facilitate or hinder human character. Sarah shares the results of her research thus far, and dives deeply into the rarely studied […]

    Tebow Redux

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 53:24


    Northern Ireland's Drew Gibson is a fan of sports. He follows Ulster Rugby and the Northern Ireland football (soccer) club, so it makes sense that's he never really heard of American football player Tim Tebow or about his attempted comeback. But as a pastor and practical theologian, Drew engages in culture in a very intentional […]

    Eye Black Comeback?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 42:21


    Tim Tebow is trying to resurrect his NFL career.  This offseason, the now 33-year-old Tebow surprised the sports world by earning a tryout with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars in his home state for Florida.  But this time, the Heisman trophy winning quarterback is trying to make the team as tight end, a position he hasn't […]

    Hope Springs Eternal

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 43:44


    This last year was no fun for athletic directors. It was a year of checking Covid 19 data, interpreting ever changing policies, developing protocols, testing athletes, enforcing masks and distancing, and delivering bad news.  Hope College AD Tim Schoonveld is no exception.  He recalls a year he'd like to forget, but along the way remembers […]

    043 | Listen to the Grasshopper

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 39:17


    The 3rd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity is set for August 18-21, 2022 at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, UK. But though over, the 2nd congress continues to add to the conversation.  Building on the work of Bernard Suits in his famous book on play and games featuring the grasshopper as the main character, Brian […]

    042 | Cranmer for Jocks

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 48:48


    By day Ashley Null is an Anglican priest and scholar specializing in the theological notebooks of reformer Thomas Cranmer – and by night, he's a chaplain to the most elite Olympic athletes providing as he describes, “Cranmer for jocks.” Elite athletes have to earn their worth, and this performance based identity can trickle into their […]

    041 | Win. Build. Send.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 41:47


    No matter where's he's been in the world, the words win, build, and send have been central to the mission and work of Dean Bouzeos.  Dean is currently Director of Operations for Athletes in Action, a ministry organization based in Xenia, Ohio known for using the visible platform of sport to win people for Christ, […]

    040 | Pitch Imperfect

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 42:49


    A single question asked of Brad Kenney on a soccer field prompted a 20 plus year calling into sport ministry.  Reverend Brad Kenney is the Chaplain for the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer USA and founder and executive director of Soccer Chaplains United, an organization created to grow sports chaplaincy in soccer communities, including […]

    039 | A Unique Take on Christian Women in Sports

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 39:05


    Why would a self-described non-athlete and atheist write a book about Christian women and sports ministry? We put that question to Annie Blazer, an anthropologist of religion and author of Playing for God: Evangelical Women and the Unintended Consequences of Sports Ministry.  Annie shares her story and the sometimes unexpected discoveries of her study.  Annie […]

    038 | Sport and Virtue in Brazil

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 44:25


    In a quickly changing world, families and communities need something to rally around, and Brazilian pastor, author, and sport enthusiast Alexandre Borges de Magalhães believes sport has positive a role to play.  Alexandre works at home in Brazil and though his broad connections across numerous countries to draw out the virtues of sport for youth […]

    037 | A Team for Every Child

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 42:40


    Play Like a Champion Today is a youth sport organization that sees great value in sport. The non-profit organization is leading a worldwide effort to promote a youth sports culture of opportunity, fun, and character development for all children. With deep roots in her Catholic faith, former gymnast, Notre Dame football cheerleader, and current PLCT […]

    036 | Love Extravagantly – Serve Selflessly

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 39:14


    Veteran FCA leader and sport team chaplain Roger Lipe recounts how he entered the world of sport ministry with little knowhow, but instead with a love of sport and a genuine desire to love and serve athletes where they are. Now a quarter century later, Roger shares his learned wisdom on a weekly blog to […]

    035 | Technique and Spirit on the Ice

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2021 39:24


    Lace up your skates and join us for pond hockey with Matt Hoven, Professor of Catholic Religious Education at St. Joseph's College at the University of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada.  When teaching sport and faith, Matt probes far beyond simple connections, choosing instead to thoughtfully dissect both the turmoil and joy that sport has to […]

    034 | Colombia, Soccer, and Jesus

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2021 44:07


    The famous ESPN 30 for 30 documentary The Two Escobars describes Colombia soccer by its connection to drug cartels, corruption, and violence.  Christian Union Soccer Club founder Marcos Wittig tells his own Colombian soccer story, but with a much better ending.  In this episode Marcos describes how a small soccer club in Colombia grew into […]

    033 | The Tracy Hanson Initiative

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2020 43:19


    Tee it up! Tracy Hanson was a standout NCAA student athlete at San Jose State University and from there played 15 seasons as a professional golfer on the LPGA tour and around the world. After retirement Tracy began to explore the anxiety and unhappiness that plagued her professional life, leading her to come to terms […]

    Season 2: Episode 2: Team Player & Congress 2022!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2020


    Don’t know much about Dr. Andrew Parker? He calls himself unremarkable, but he’s not. Dr. Parker has traveled a unique path, combining his expertise in criminal justice, research, and sport with a Christian faith driven heart to help the most vulnerable. Beyond his distinguished career studying the sport-faith connection and sport chaplaincy, he’s a wonderfully modest person with great insight. And, he’s got a secret to share!

    032 | Team Player & Congress 2022!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2020 42:01


    Don't know much about Dr. Andrew Parker? He calls himself unremarkable, but he's not. Dr. Parker has traveled a unique path, combining his expertise in criminal justice, research, and sport with a Christian faith driven heart to help the most vulnerable. Beyond his distinguished career studying the sport-faith connection and sport chaplaincy, he's a wonderfully […]

    Season 2: Episode 1: Character Building

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2020


    When signing children up for sports programs, people always say that “sports build character.” However, it is obvious to those who play and study sports that that character is not always positive. In this episode, Dr. Bolt and Dr. Carlson talk to Andrew Meyer, associate professor at Baylor University, about the character of sport. Andy Meyer’s speciality revolves around the idea of Muscular Christianity and how many athletes, like Lance Armstrong, embody that ideal (or fail to). As Dr. Meyer says, “sport is what you make of it.”

    031 | Character Building

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2020 32:58


    When signing children up for sports programs, people always say that “sports build character.” However, it is obvious to those who play and study sports that that character is not always positive. In this episode, Dr. Bolt and Dr. Carlson talk to Andrew Meyer, associate professor at Baylor University, about the character of sport. Andy […]

    030 | Faith & Football

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2019 32:12


    What is it about American football? It draws people in and, love it or hate it, can bring a community together. In this episode Dr. Brian Bolt and Dr. Chad Carlson talk about their own experience with the game – from their own participation to analysis of the daily headlines. They also foreshadow an upcoming […]

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